Democrat presidential candidate and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg faced protests at his appearance at the Democratic Party of Virginia Blue Commonwealth fundraising gala in Richmond Saturday night.
Bloomberg is experiencing backlash for his attempt to purchase the Democrat nomination by buying up campaign field workers and sponsored social media posts, and also for his view that minorities should be specially targeted by police, which he actualized during his three terms as mayor of New York City.
The protesters agitated against Bloomberg both outside the gala and also inside the event.
“Virginia is not for sale!!”
— Zohreen Shah (@Zohreen) February 15, 2020
"He protects racist systems. Will you?"
@jasmarlee protests Bloomberg at the Virginia Democratic Party Gala. No justice, no peace. pic.twitter.com/xXNchz5FCC
— Richmond for All (@RichmondForAll) February 16, 2020
President Trump branded Bloomberg a “total racist,” referring to an audiotape of Bloomberg defending Stop and Frisk because Bloomberg believes that young men of color are most likely to commit crimes. Trump agreed with Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who threw shade on Bloomberg’s apology, stating, “Will people get their records expunged? Will young people sucked into the spiderweb of incarceration get their lives back? Unless there is restorative justice, there is no ‘moving on’ from Stop & Frisk. It’s just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian & racist policy,”
National File reported on a different radio interview in which Bloomberg defended racially motivated policing.
“They just keep saying, oh, it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group. That may be, but it’s a non-disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murder. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much, and minorities too little,” Bloomberg stated on WOR radio in 2013.
“It’s exactly the reverse of what they say. All right. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course!,”said Bloomberg.